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Aldermen Override Two Mayoral Vetoes of Halfway Homes


Two rehabilitation homes for recently-paroled prison inmates will be allowed to keep operating at their current Springfield locations.

 

Mayor Mike Houston had vetoed zoning changes to keep those facilities open, but aldermen voted Tuesday night to override the mayor.

 

More than a dozen people spoke on the issue at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, with some expressing concern the homes are too close to places where children hang out.

 

But others said the facilities are making a positive difference for ex-cons and need to stay open.

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